Quick summary: In this activity you will take your students for a walk around your school to visit trees and smaller plants in the schoolyard. Direct students’ observations when looking at different plant species and their structures. Photograph plant structures and collect leaves.
- Students understand that species of plants can be separated using the plant’s different structures and growth patterns.
- Students recognise diverse plant structures such as leaf shapes, flowers and bark.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
- Safely use appropriate materials, tools or equipment to make and record observations, using formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS055)
Year 3 Mathematics
- Identify symmetry in the environment (ACMMG066)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
- Safely use appropriate materials, tools or equipment to make and record observations, using formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS066)
Year 4 Mathematics
- Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume (ACMMG290)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-4WS, ST2-10LW, MA2-10MG, MA2-11MG, MA2-15MG, MA2‑1WM, MA2‑2WM, MA2‑3WM.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Focus students’ observations on a walk around the school, supervise the collection of leaves and assist with taking photos.
Resources required: Computers and digital cameras or tablets with built-in cameras. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Tree walking observation prompt sheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Safety: Confirm that your students understand they are not to climb anything to obtain photos or samples. If it is out of normal reach then it can’t be photographed or sampled.
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Plant diversity, features, sorting, shrubs, photography.
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